Contemporary Queer Cinema in France and Italy: Undoing ‘Place’

  • Oliver Brett


In this chapter, Brett questions the restrictive taxonomic tendencies of ‘queer cinema’ in France and Italy, and considers whether the increase in queer documentary in the first decade of the new millennium alters the dynamics of this representational space. Brett exposes the in/visibility of ‘place’ in these two contexts, which have an overlapping cinematic history and approach to the accommodation of ‘difference’. These comparisons are positioned within the ‘post-queer’, which reflects the performance of ‘place’ as a divided rather than binary ‘space’. Proust’s ‘lieu factice’ [artificial place] is offered as a way of elucidating these divisions in a postmodern world, where the ‘real’ is ever distant. Its modernist angle is introduced as a dynamic framework for the deliberation of ‘place’ as a key representational protagonist.


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  • Oliver Brett
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  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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